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traveylin

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Posted: 09/03/14 02:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tying up with a rental delivery is a neat deal, if the economics work out for both parties. That's a side issue.

Indiana is probably 4000 miles from anchorage on the route and in 17 days you will average 250 miles per day including the days spent on the bus in Denali, day fishing for salmon on the Kenai, day fishing for halibute at Homer, afternoon at Liard hot spring, posting your sign at Watson lake, checkout day at ia, checkin day at anchorage, side trip to Dawson, side trip to Valdez ,side trip to Skagway, beaver creek at 30 mph.

If the delivery works for you do it, but drive like hell to Liard hot springs and stay on schedule from there.

We are still not finished with our second trip to Alaska. 95 day since setting out. You gotta go. It's the trip of a life time. With limited time I would drop the northern part of ak, chicken Fairbanks and Denali. Denali is visible not a large part of the time.

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traveylin Pops

Thanks for the advise, we are planning on getting one for a week. I've driven the big box trucks so I have an idea how they suck gas and drive like a #@%$ in the wind so I'm not worried about the handling of them, just go slow and steady. Everything else is a learning curve, that's part of the fun.

Trackrig Bill
I know 17 days is short and we can't do and see everything we want but I've learned if you keep putting things off till you have the time you'll never find the time. So 17 days is what we have then we are just going to enjoy what we can. The journey isn't about the destination it's what comes in between.

What would you suggest as some of the must does on the trip? I've planned a drive through the BadLands and Mount Rushmore, and then the Icefields Highway if the conditions are good, then up to Dawsons Creek to pickup the Alcan. after that still working on it?

Joe B
Thats the special, its the only way that I have found that you can get a one way north through Canada to Alaska. It seems a great deal and they have a supply of people ready to do it! You put it perfectly! A brand new Winnebago for 2 weeks.

Now its just doing the research and planning, then once we get on the road throw it all out and relax and enjoy the ride!!! LOL

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Something very unique about the Alaskan experience, you begin to meet fellow travelers at campgrounds in great falls Montana and continue to meet the same folks at other campgrounds down the line, unplanned. I would walk the two dogs early and late and had chance meeting with one couple in five different locations. Many folks will seek the company of a caravan, traveling together. Independents as they take the comen path develope acquaintances also.

The moral of the stores,,,be nice to people starting out, as you may well be camped next to them in the next village down the line..


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The moral of the stores,,,be nice to people starting out, as you may well be camped next to them in the next village down the line..
Pops


This is so true! lizzie

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For those planning to hang around until September, note that the Muncho Lake to Fort Nelson area, along the Alaska Highway in north-eastern BC, is having snow this morning. It likely won't stay long, but it is there.

Yet, in Whitehorse it is raining. I hear that Burwash Landing, near Kluane Lake in Yukon, had some snow yesterday though.

This at Steamboat, about 50 miles northwest of Fort Nelson

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Sue T thank you. We might just have to leave the last week of August rather than the first week of September next year.

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traveylin wrote:

The moral of the stores,,,be nice to people starting out, as you may well be camped next to them in the next village down the line..


Pops


Very wise words, I think more people should just be nice to others no matter what!

I was told that if you see someone stuck along the side of the road stop and help cause that might be you another mile down the road

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Yep - Spring of 2015 it is. Early May leaving the Gold Country of California and heading north on Highway 5. 31' Class C. Will do 55mph (where I can!) to get the precious 10mpg and keep this down in the $2000 range for gas.

Have ordered my 2014 Milepost, and scanning all the past posts for information as this will be my first time. I figure this is a recon trip so only maybe six weeks. Second trip will be extended.

My big deal will be to make sure I know plenty of campground stops so I don't have to worry at the last minute.

I have my GSRS but don't know how much help that might be on such a trip. Fortunately I am very mechanical and can handle many issues.

I'm open to any suggestions, recommendations etc!

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Good Sam Road Service is a great idea. A friend had his MH transmission go out on his way home on the Cassiar Highway in 2012. He ended up with a 100-mile tow to Smithers, BC--paid for by Good Sam. Got a motel in Smithers and used his toad for the 5 days it took for repairs (his transmission was replaced with a low-mileage used one that is still in his MH).

And, in addition to a motel and an RV garage, there is even a Safeway with WiFi in Smithers. You won't know how much that is appreciated until you take your Alaska trip!


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I second having the Good Sam's Roadside Assistance. On our second trip to Alaska, I forgot to renew and sure enough I had a blowout in a remote area. Our jack broke and we were in a pickle. I did have cell service and called Good Sam's and asked them if they could tell me who they would have called had we been covered. They told me and I called and the tow truck guy got us back on the road in a couple of hours. Needless to say, I immediately reinstated my roadside assistance coverage. I had emergency service coverage with my auto insurance and they did cover a large portion of the cost, but had I had Good Sam's I think the entire amount would have been covered.

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